Hip-hop is still cool at a party. But to me, hip-hop has never been strictly a party; it is also there to elevate consciousness~ Saul WilliamsI went to the city of Daejeon back in December and my friend took me to a "HipHop" club in the downtown area. Here is the poster that hung on the doors and on the walls.
No problem there, right? Well, the music was awesome. The DJ played every kind of HipHop known to man. I was having an epic time and really enjoying the music when I noticed that all the Koreans in the place...were dressed in all black. No harm there, right? No, but they were dressed in the HipHop style of the early 90s. The winter caps sitting atop their heads, the backwards hats, the lumber jack shirt that was only buttoned at the neck...I felt like I had stepped back into a combination of a Naughty by Nature, 2Pac, Kid N'Play, Kris Kross, Missy Elliot video. As the night carried on one of the bartenders, a female who is also taking lessons with the club's owner to be a DJ, came up to my friend and I who were the other two black people there and said
"Oh my God, I love your black skin, I wish I can have your black skin".Me, not being one to laugh something off and keep going (although I was absolutely tickled), I asked her why. And she responded
"Blacks are so kind and fun. They can dance and they so cool".Indeed we are an amazing group of people. However, what I was really hearing from her was "I want to be down with all the cool stuff associated with blackness, but not really blackness." Because as soon as they stepped out of that club, they were Korean again (Not going to knock their 'struggle', which was and still is real). What they failed to realize was this: The idea of blackness is cool, however, the reality of Black life can sometimes be cruel and not easy to swallow. Especially the realities that many of those HipHop/Rappers spoke about in their music. I saw this in Europe too. In that club, you could tell that "Smokin' and drankin'", wearing certain types of clothes, moving your arm up and down to a "dope beat" was being Black for them. It was a party. Every time my friend and I took to the dance floor, we became the center of attention. And the Korean girls and guys would begin imitating us and buying us more drinks. We were just dancing...like Fly Girls...it was the music and the occasional drink.
Everyone is in love with the idea of being Black, but God forbid if they ever had to be Black.
Until next time good people.